Ectopic pregnancy rates higher in medicaid population

Ectopic pregnancy rates higher in medicaid population
The ectopic pregnancy rate is higher among Medicaid beneficiaries than the privately insured, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

(HealthDay)—The ectopic pregnancy rate is higher among Medicaid beneficiaries than the privately insured, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Noting that the rates reported among privately insured women and regional health care provider populations range from 1.6 to 2.45 percent, Debra B. Stulberg, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Chicago in Illinois used administrative claims records to determine the rate of ectopic pregnancies among in New York, California, and Illinois from 2000 to 2003.

The researchers found that the ectopic was 2.38 percent in New York, 2.07 percent in California, and 2.43 percent in Illinois. In all states, black women were at significantly higher risk than white women (relative risk, 1.26) and older women were at significantly higher risk than younger women.

"Medicaid beneficiaries in these three states experienced higher rates of ectopic pregnancy than reported for privately insured women nationwide in the same years," Stulberg and colleagues conclude. "Relying on private insurance databases may underestimate ectopic pregnancy's burden in the United States population. Furthermore, within this low-income population racial disparities exist."

More information: Abstract
Full Text

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Women whose first pregnancy was ectopic have fewer children

Oct 17, 2012

Women whose first pregnancy is ectopic are likely to have fewer children in the following 20-30 years than women whose first pregnancy ends in a delivery, miscarriage or abortion, according to results from a study of nearly ...

New biomarker may help diagnose ectopic pregnancies

Nov 04, 2010

Researchers may have identified a promising novel diagnostic biomarker for ectopic pregnancy, according to a study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) ...

Rising rates of tubal pregnancies cause concern

Apr 05, 2011

Ectopic – or tubal – pregnancies can be dangerous for mothers, leading to rupture of the fallopian tube and possible hemorrhage, and they appear to be on the rise, according to a new study.

Recommended for you

Appeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law

6 hours ago

A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen.

UK proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

Dec 17, 2014

(AP)—New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.